Kimberly came to the studio to be photographed in hopes of seeing herself in a different light – to bring out in a portrait all of the qualities that lived inside of her; tenderness, strength, sexiness and fierceness. When I met Kimberly I could instantly see all of these characteristics and I knew that we would have no problems bringing those personalities out of her in front of the camera. We had a wonderful time in the studio with lots of laughter and so much fun. The end result has been absolutely breathtaking and I am so glad Kimberly took the chance to come in.
And now I’ll let Kimberly share her experience, in her own words:
First of all, I cannot thank Jennifer enough for my images. I absolutely love them. They brought my parents to tears, made my sister want to figure out how to budget a shoot for herself, and stunned my husband. The light in my daughters eyes when she saw them was my exact why. She saw me as a powerful, beautiful, strong mama!
If you would’ve known me 5 years ago you’d see someone with a fresh face. Someone that had a career. Someone that got dressed up for no reason. Someone who exercised regularly and spent all my sunny days laying out in the back yard. In the last 5 years my life has totally changed. Most people walk through one or two tragic life events. I’ve had my fair share in the last few years. From miscarriages, to infidelity, to losing my home, to death, to a brother in a horrific car accident suffering permanent injury. In that time however we added a beautiful, sweet, empathetic little girl to our family. That sweet little girl has only ever known me in a messy bun and my “daytime” leggings. We dance around the house like no one is watching. We laugh, we learn, we get dirty, and we grow, together.
I entered the model call in the spring of 2018 and asked Jennifer to help me show my daughter who I am and capture what has made me the woman I am today. In our first meeting I used the words tender but unbreakable, sultry but fierce.
The process of her getting to know my story and photograph me was something I’ll never forget. She intently listened to me, helped me pick out my wardrobe and just kept reassuring who I was. She sent me home with this packet and wow did it cover everything. Any question you might have about what to do, what to eat, how to schedule appointments, what to bring, it was all there!
.The day of the shoot I felt like an absolute QUEEN. The atmosphere was comfortable, the mood was set, I felt waited on hand and foot. Theresa took her time to listen to what I like and don’t like about makeup and hair. She slayed my face. I was not overdone, I felt exactly like myself, just turned up a notch. I couldn’t have felt more beautiful, that is, until I saw the finished photos!.Jennifer is nothing short of an expert in her craft. Her verbal coaching through the photographs was one of the most helpful things. She made me feel empowered, adequate, tender, beautiful. I could feel my self-esteem rising through the day and I attest that to the way she communicated with me throughout our time together..The reveal got postponed thanks to the polar vortex 2019. It was oh so worth the wait. Dang, did she absolutely nail it! I watched the video and wanted to cry but was so stunned the tears wouldn’t come out. The reveal wall, oh my goodness, seeing my gorgeous images all over the wall left me in straight awe. She gave me EXACTLY what I asked for. There were four images that right away stood out to me as tender, unbreakable, sultry and fierce. Narrowing down the rest was painstaking, if I could’ve taken them all home I would have. She definitely made it difficult to choose..From the bottom of my heart I am truly grateful. I cannot wait for my daughter to be old enough and for Jennifer to photograph us together. To be side by side, empowered as the strong beautiful women we are. Showing the world how we’ve shaped each other. ~Kimberly.